Public Domain Cover Art

I’ve been working on a video for my PubSlush pitch for my next novel, which has led me off on a tangent or two… This is the cover art I’ve made for what I believe to be the only Public Domain book by Rex Stout (the creator of Nero Wolfe). One of the things I’ve… (read more)

Happy Birthday Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov by Rowena Morrill

[reblogged from   visual laurel: Happy Birthday Isaac Asimov] I may be a little late here, but if memory serves, although January 2nd would have been  Isaac Asimov’s birth date of record, it seems to me he told some tale about the actual records being confused due to his family’s emigration from Russia.  Whatever else, Asimov was… (read more)

Happy 2015

All the planning in the world can’t prevent the unexpected from happening, and sometimes the unexpected throws up a detour. . . or several. While some good things have happened, I’ve had to face some incredibly difficult challenges in 2014. As a result, this past year has felt as though I’ve been running on a… (read more)

Merry Christmas!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS CC by-sa based on Harald Olsen's image

My lovely Rudolph card would not have been possible without Per Harald Olsen’s gorgeous Svalbardrein pho which he has released on Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. “Happy Holidays” by Laurel L. Russwurm is likewise released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

And so it begins…

Jazz Age Laurel

NaNoWriMo is the (now International) National Novel Writing Month.  I’ve participated every year since I wrote my first novel. But some traditional publishers and traditionally published authors look down their noses at NaNoWriMo.  Some people trash NaNoWriMo as a way to drive traffic from the ever-increasing international NaNoWriMo community to their own websites.  Some people… (read more)

Free Software for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo write-in - Computer on table

Surveillance and Software With NaNoWriMo approaching, I shared a disturbing article about surveillance — “Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries” on one of the NaNoWriMo boards I visit. This got me an acknowledgement that yes, we are being routinely spied on by our software, but there is nothing to worry about…. (read more)

James Garner

James Garner as the charming and charismatic Brett Maverick

It’s funny how imagination and empathy can allow people to feel a connection to people we’ve never met. That’s why some Wikipedia character pages with more depth and information than those for real people. For me as a writer, character is at least as important as story, and maybe even more so. A brilliantly written… (read more)

Research: Vorovskoy Mir

YouTube: Russian Mafia Documentary

Thought you might be interested in some of the research I’ve been doing for “The Girl In The Blue Flame Cafe” In my novel, the Blue Flame Cafe is a jazz club that is really a Russian Mafiya front. This is an interesting documentary about the Russian Mafiya or the “Vorovskoy Mir” [direct translation: “Thieves… (read more)